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Indoor air pollution is an increasing concern. This has seen the growth of companies offering products and services aimed at enhancing your home’s indoor air quality. Depending on your climate, system accessibility, contamination level and the size of the system that needs cleaning, a company offering air duct cleaning services can charge anywhere from $450 to $1,000 for every cooling or heating system cleaning.

Memphis HVAC and Plumbing offers quality cleaning and is able to clean all components of your cooling and heating system. 

So, What’s Air Duct Cleaning?

Air duct cleaning is the removal of dirt deposits on the surface of the components of your cooling and heating systems and forced air systems. Grilles, registers, supply and return air ducts, heat exchangers, diffusers, condensate drain pans or drip pans, heating and cooling coils, air-handling housing units and fan motors and housings should all be cleaned.

When your heating and cooling systems are poorly installed, not operated properly and barely undergo maintenance, they risk pollen, dust and debris contamination. Moreover, microbial growth, also known as mold, is harbored through moisture exposure. As a result, microbial spores are released into your interior space.

Spore exposure can lead to allergic reactions. A typical air duct cleaning service involves dislodging debris such as dirt from the air ducts using specialized tools and equipment. Highly powerful vacuum cleaners are then used to vacuum all the particles out.

Chemical biocides can also be applied in the air ducts and other system components to kill microbial contaminants. The release of fibers or dirt particles from ducts or microbial growth can be prevented by covering or encapsulating the inside surfaces of all the components of your heating and cooling systems, and equipment housings. Encapsulates or sealants chemical treatments are used to do this.

Note that air duct sealing to prevent or stop leakage is not the same as duct cleaning or treatment.

What to Consider to determine Whether Your Air Ducts Need Cleaning or Not

You should clean your air ducts as a general cleaning routine because they become dirty over time. This could result in respiratory issues for you or your family. Memphis HVAC and Plumbing follows proper cleaning guidelines to prevent serious air problems in your home.

Consider air duct cleaning if:

  • An inspection procedure discovers massive microbial growth inside your heating and cooling systems, including the inside of air ducts. Cleaning experts can plan for a laboratory analysis to confirm the presence of mold. Ask for evidence before allowing your air ducts to be cleaned. Remove insulation on air ducts, if any, before cleaning begins for efficiency. Ensure to correct the conditions within your home responsible for causing the microbial growth, otherwise cleaning will be for nothing.
  • Your air ducts are vermin, insect or rodent infested.

It is important to fix the underlying causes of your duct issues before getting them cleaned, repaired or replaced. Failure to do so leads to recurrence of the same problems. Little evidence exists to support the benefits of air duct cleaning, however, studies indicate that it improves system efficiency, leads to cost savings on maintenance and energy and prolongs operational life.

What to Look for in a Company Offering Air Duct Cleaning Service

When seeking to hire a duct cleaning company like Memphis HVAC, here are a few tips:

  • Be wary of companies that claim to be certified by EPA because the body isn’t responsible for endorsing, certifying or approving air duct cleaning companies. EPA is also not responsible for establishing standards to govern duct cleaning. 
  • Avoid duct cleaners who clearly state the benefits of having your heating and cooling systems cleaned. No evidence exists to support such claims, especially if they are health-related.
  • Ensure that you fully understand the pros and cons of using chemical treatments and biocides before allowing their usage in your air ducts.
  • Read reviews and feedback provided by previous customers of the particular duct cleaning companies you are considering to hire their services.
  • Look for any complaints lodged against the companies with your local Better Business Bureau or city or county consumer affairs office.
  • Ensure that the company is licensed to offer the services. They should be well-trained and experienced in duct cleaning.
  • Ask for cost estimates and how long the cleaning might take. It’s also important to ask how the provider plans to protect you, your family and pets from any effects of the cleaning process.

Call Memphis HVAC and Plumbing TODAY for your air duct cleaning needs.